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The Affordable Housing Initiative Tech Camp – ISHF2023

Start: 8.06.2023
End: 8.06.2023
Location: Barcelona

The Tech Camp, organised by the Affordable Housing Consortium Initiative, SHAPE-EU project during the International Social Housing Festival 2023, will be a two-day event by and for affordable housing renovation experts and practitioners that will address the difficult technical challenges related to renovation, such as ready-to-market sustainable solutions and materials, the use of advanced technologies, smart solutions, and efficient use of state-of-the-art technologies, among others.

As a lighthouse district demonstrator, drOp will be part of the event during the first day, with a session focusing on how can the Renovation Wave be implemented within the affordable housing sector, together with its two sister projects: ProLight and SUPERSHINE. Below you can find the programme of the first day.


8th June 2023

@ VIP Room, Palau de Congressos, Barcelona


Moderator: Anna Gumbau


9:00      Bent Madsen, Housing Europe President of the Board

9:10      Paul Cartuyvels, ECTP President


The Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI) is part of the Commission’s Renovation Wave strategy for Europe, which aims to green buildings and reduce carbon emissions. The AHI includes piloting 100 renovation and construction districts with a smart neighbourhood approach to pave the way for other renovation projects across Europe. But how should these districts be renovated? What principles should the public, social and cooperative housing providers follow that would bring about the socially just energy transition? A number of organisations across Europe have taken up this challenge of developing and demonstrating innovative approaches to achieving the renovation targets while engaging citizens and developing local communities, socially and economically.

Moderation: Anna Gumbau

09:20    The Affordable Housing Initiative, Anna Athanasopoulou, European Commission

09:30    An energy transition that works for all, Sorcha Edwards, European Affordable Housing Consortium

09:40    Three perspectives of integrated renovation methodologies to transform social housing districts into inclusive smart neighbourhoods.

  • DROP Project, Naia Gómez, Ermua Municipality
  • PROLIGHT project, Momir Tabakovic, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien
  • SUPERSHINE project, Riccardo Coletta, APRE, & Paola Zerilli, University of York

10:10    Open Discussion

10:45 Coffee-break


For a socially just and affordable Renovation Wave we need to talk about what makes social and affordable housing renovations cumbersome and what opportunities hold the promise to accelerate district level approach. The European Affordable Housing Consortium has identified some of the most pressing barriers from the local stakeholder perspective. The results show an urgent need to innovate the renovation process itself, work more efficiently and aim to achieve higher degree of sustainability. Introducing more integrated project delivery, new business models and financing instruments is also crucial, along with taking advantage of data and digitalization tools. As for social aspects, communication and cooperation are the weakest points causing delays, mistrust, and low citizen interest in renovation.  Moreover, the role of the local governments as a catalyst can be crucial for overcoming those barriers. In this panel discussion we will highlight 3 barriers from different perspectives and discuss real case experiments and ideas for turning these obstacles into opportunities.

Moderation: Anna Gumbau

11:00    The need for an industrial approach to provide full renovation packages and scale up the process, Ulla-Brit Kramer (Overijssel Province)*

11:15    A need for mainstreaming circularity principles, Enrico Grillo (Sequas)

11:30    The impact and difficulties of tenant relocation, Sven van Elst (ASTER)*

11:45    Panel discussions


The European Commission will pilot the renovation of 100 districts to pave the way to (re)build quality, liveable, and affordable homes. These districts are renovation projects of reference that go ‘the extra mile’ in terms of technological, social or process innovations. There are already numerous such tried and tested examples throughout Europe, where a combination of smart, circular or modular solutions, eco-design principles and renewables, and resident involvement were developed. For the past year, as part of a collaborative effort, the European Affordable Housing Consortium has been gathering these examples across Europe, which together can potentially form a narrative or ‘blueprint’ to guide local organisations towards delivering the just energy transition. In this session some of that work will be presented. Afterwards, participants will be invited to jointly discuss the question of replicating those examples in other contexts.

12:00    Guidelines for renovating social and affordable districts – the technical component, Stefania Mascolo (GNE Finance), Nerea Gómez (ECTP)

12:10    Tbc

12:20    Opengela One-stop-shop to spread urban regeneration in the Basque Country, Andoni Hidalgo (Euroiker)

The ‘OPENGELA’ project set-up two neighbourhood offices in the Basque Country as One-Stop-Shops to give support to the residents of the Otxarkoaga (Bilbao) and the Txonta (Eibar) districts about green energy renovation. Additionally, born out of the premise that the income and repayment capacity levels of a great share of the population was too low to access ordinary bank loans and could only access subsidies or high-interest rate credits, Opengela included a financial mechanism (a mix of public and private funds) that offered loans refundable in 15 years to help those low-income households cover the full investment needed for the renovation of their homes.

12:30    The district scale and the EU regulatory framework – the perspective of the Spanish Presidency, Francisco Javier Martín Ramiro (Ministry of Transport and Urban Agenda of Spain)

12:40    [Panel Discussion] Replicating approaches from early adopters: what works? What does not? What can we learn from good practices?

Gyorgy Sumeghy (Habitat for Humanity), Alberto Rubio (Valencia Government), Andoni Hidalgo (Euroiker), Laura Collini (Tesserae)

Tapas y Prácticas

(networking event)


With the development of sensor and network communication technologies, data generation from buildings has increased dramatically in the past years. Extracting value from consumption data, using artificial intelligence and machine learning, makes the building adaptable to the exact needs of the users and optimise the construction and renovation process. In this session, frontrunners will showcase their applications of data analysis and invited to discuss how to improve the way small and medium sized housing providers access data science expertise and learn from their accumulated data to help improve energy efficiency or optimise decision making.

At the end of the session, we will introduce societal concerns to the discussion, namely how are residents involved in the process and how to avoid technology or vendor lock-in.

14:00        Welcome note, João Gonçalves, Housing Europe

14:05    Leveraging advanced technologies for the fair green transition, Leandro Madrazo (Ramon Llull University)

14:15    How machine learning can improve decision making in social housing, Elissaios Sarmas (National Technical University of Athens)

14:25    Energy Savings Verification Service: increasing trust on Energy Performance Contracts, Guillermo Andrés Nieto (Veolia)

14:35   Discussion: What can small and medium sized housing providers learn from their data? What is stopping housing providers from collecting and using their data in a widespread fashion? How can we ensure data is private, safe and usage is controlled? How can we protect our data from cyber-attacks? How can we avoid vendor lock-in and keep it open?

Barbara Steenbergen (International Union of Tenants)
Elissaios Sarmas (NTUA), Leandro Madrazo (RLU)
Timo Wanke (Federal Association of German Housing and Real Estate Companies)
Guillermo Andrés Nieto (Veolia).

RESGITER BY MAY 29 – https://socialhousingfestival.eu/register/

For the full programme of the event, you can also visit the event’s page of the Affordable Housing Consortium Initiative, SHAPE-EU project.

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